Learn How to Start a Family Oral History Project & Celebrate Preservation Week

April 26-May 2, 2020

Recording the stories of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other relatives and friends, can be a powerful way to capture history that otherwise would be lost. What better way to learn about our family history than through the voices and memories of those who lived it?  But if you’ve never done an oral history, you might wonder how to get started.

Get ready to be inspired to start your family oral history project with a free webinar on April 28 at 2 p.m. EST titled “Using Oral History to Tell Your Family Stories.”  Daniel Horowitz Garcia, a historian in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Regional Manager with StoryCorps in Atlanta, will present the webinar. It is geared for an audience with little or no training in oral history. You can learn more about the webinar and register at http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/042820

The webinar is being offered in celebration of Preservation Week (April 26-May 2, 2020). If you can’t wait to learn more about starting a family oral history project and ways to preserve your family archives, check out Preservation Week’s web page with links to more resources that you can explore anytime at http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/howto/oral-history .

About Toni Vanden Bos

I manage preservation efforts in our department, which includes implementing our preservation plan, monitoring environment, assessing collection conditions, improving housing, prioritizing reformatting of vulnerable materials, and developing and implementing the electronic records program with the Collections Manager. I also catalog our manuscript collections, and manage the gift books and journals. Additionally, I arrange and describe collections, provide reference assistance, create exhibits, give presentations, and assist with special events as needed.
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